Late-1980s indie rock prophets the Pixies might not be the most
obvious band that comes to mind when describing legendary,
crowd-pleasing, sold-out arena tours.
The group, which is largely credited with having invented a
unique blend of punk, surf and pop sounds which would later be
taken up by the likes of Nirvana and Alice in Chains, tends to be
more often associated with professional heights it never managed to
achieve ““ thanks in large part to a well-publicized feud
between bassist Kim Deal and lead singer/guitarist Black Francis
(aka Frank Black, aka Charles Thompson) that eventually led to the
band’s demise in 1992.
It’s not at all surprising that Robert Iscove is feeling
under the weather. As he spoke by phone last week during his lunch
break, the director, whose credits range from the bubble-gum
romantic comedy “She’s All That” to choreographer
for the Academy Awards, was in the middle of rehearsing a project
so ambitious that it’s tantamount to parting the Red Sea
““ literally and figuratively.
Over the last two years there have been numerous occasions when
I have felt like an old fart.
Whether I was sitting in a classroom discussion or working late
into the night in the Daily Bruin office, there have been seemingly
endless reminders that I am just a little too old to still be in
As those familiar pointy white tents were being pitched all over
campus this week in preparation for the Los Angeles Times Festival
of Books, I couldn’t help but get to thinking about how we
deal with literature here at the dB Magazine.
These days, the first thing that strikes you as you wander into
the tiny Little Victory Theater in North Hollywood is how authentic
and confident John Williams’ set design for the venue’s
current production, Keith Bunin’s “The Credeaux
Canvas,” truly feels.
While many critics bemoaned Miramax’s decision to release
“Kill Bill” in two installments as a ploy to force
moviegoers to pay twice for the same film, it turns out that
“Kill Bill Vol.
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